August 5, 2012

Vale – RG Armstrong

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 12:11 pm
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RG Armstrong – 1917-2012

American character actor and playwright, RG Armstrong, has passed away. Mr Armstrong first came to Hollywood’s attention when he began appearing in a number of television series, including The Californians, The Riflemen, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Rawhide and Maverick, among others. While working on the show The Westerner, Armstrong met and befriended then-up and coming director Sam Peckinpah, who would cast Armstrong as the slightly-nutty-fundamentalist Christian in many of his films – the first being Ride The High Country, before he would again appear in Pat Garret & Billy The Kid, becoming an archetypal character in Western films in the process. Armstrong also appeared in Penckinpah’s The Ballad Of Cable Hogue.

Outside of his work with Peckinpah, Mr Armstrong appeared in numerous films such as El Dorado, Race With The Devil, Children of The Corn (1984), Predator (as the General who sends Arnie and his men off on their mission), Heaven Can Wait, Reds and Dick Tracy (as Pruneface).

RG Armstrong passed away on July 27th, at his Studio City, California home. He was 95.

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Rodney is the Editor-In-Chief of Fernby Films, and has been appreciating films seriously since 1993. Rodney’s first foray into online reviews was for a now-defunct online Australian DVD store, before starting up fernbyfilms.com when that enterprise fell through, in 2007. Rodney lives in the South Australian city of Adelaide, with his wife and two young children, whom he loves very much.

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2 Comments »

  1. As soon as I saw the pic I thought the guy who gives the orders in Predator! Didn't recognise the name but know the face and the work.
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      Dan — August 5, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

  2. To be honest, I didn't realize this guy had been in so many films until I'd read his bio from IMDb…. I'm going to have to look at some of those Peckinpah films especially!

      Rodney — August 5, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

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